A&P Nikon Crew ... Thoughts on this lens

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  1. FidizzyTypeS

    FidizzyTypeS Gimme Dem Scones!! OT Supporter

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    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/449087-USA/Nikon_2162_18_135mm_f_3_5_5_6_ED_IF_AF_S.html

    A friend of mine is loaning it to me this weekend, I was thinking of purchasing it but i'd like to try it first.

    I was also thinking of getting the 18-200 vr but i was reading about the zoom creep and that kind of turned me off to that lens, 750 dollars and it can't stop itself from zooming out when pointed down??

    If i'm wrong about that statement please let me know because i really wanted that lens.
     
  2. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    zoom creep is pretty normal on many lenses designed with external zooming.
     
  3. Blair

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    probably should go with the 18-200 over that.

    that lens is pretty slow not to have VR.
     
  4. TtamNedlog

    TtamNedlog OT Supporter

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    I haven't experienced zoom creep on my 18-200 vr yet. But it's pretty new still. Maybe I haven't "broke it in." My experience has been the same as Thom's, that being that the zoom ring is tight and almot rough feeling. Most other people feel that the zoom ring is loose and easily turnable.

    *shrug*
     
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    s40Strib New Member

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    What sort of budget are you on for lenses?
    I've used most of Nikons midrange/normal zooms. The 18-70 is still better to me than the 18-135, but the extra reach is nice at times. The 18-200 is great for walk around photography but almost tends to be "high-end" point and shoot type people that buy them. It all depends on what you want to shoot and how serious you are about photography.

    Btw:
    Zoom creep isn't that horrible of a problem unless you like to shoot things directly above or below you.
     
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    i have that lens and im pretty pleased with it. It is a bit slow so obviously not as versatile as some of the other lenses..but with ample light this thing cranks out some sharp, detailed pics imo
     
  7. NSX

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    18-200VR > 18-135mm. Seriously.

    People make out the zoom creep to be worse than it is. The 18-200VR stays put if you leave it tucked in at 18mm--even pointing down. It is NOT as bad as you may think it is.

    You are ruling yourself out of a great all-around lens and choosing a lens that is a distant second (18-135mm)

    Your choice.
     
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    agreed, 18-200vr is probably one of the best reasons to own a nikon.
     
  9. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    is the tamron 17-50 bigger than the 18-200vr?
     
  10. Blair

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    it has been a while since i held an 18-200 but i think it is bigger than the 17-50 by a fair amount.
     
  11. FidizzyTypeS

    FidizzyTypeS Gimme Dem Scones!! OT Supporter

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    This what I was looking for....i wasn't sure how serious the creep is....i wasn't sure if it was an annoyance or something that would make me want to throw the lens across the room.

    I have a sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 right now and its a great lens I can not complain. But i really wanted that extra reach. Plus I'd like something that would be more versatile to walk around with. I also have my 50mm nikkor f/1.8 & my sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye.

    If you guys are saying the 18-200 vr is the way to go then I'll start hunting for it.

    as far as the 18-135 i'm just borrowing it to see what it can do.

    I really appreciate your advice and input .......thank you.
     
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    i'd get 18-200 instead 18-135.

    who cares about zoom creep?
     
  13. tenplanescrashing

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    w3rd, people make this out to be ba bigger deal than it needs to be
     
  14. FidizzyTypeS

    FidizzyTypeS Gimme Dem Scones!! OT Supporter

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    as i said in my previous post thats why i wasn't asking...i wasn't sure how serious it is.....
     
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    Now, actually getting an 18-200VR in your possession...that's a different story.

    It's been a while since I got mine (and even then I had to wait 4 months being #9 on the list) so I don't know how long it takes nowadays. But expect to pay more than the $750 list price if you want it now.

    It's still worth it though.
     
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    The best buy by my house has 2 in stock... and they price match Ritz :big grin:
     
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    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    noooooooooooooooo not zoom creep!!!111 :run::run::run:
     
  19. jared_IRL

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    You're serious?

    You're considering the 18-135 kit lens over the 18-200 VR because the 18-200 succumbs to gravity!?!?

    Holy shit.

    The 18-135 can't even compete with the 18-70 in sharpness, clarity, chromatic abberation, etc...

    I'd grab the 18-200.

    Or, get the 18-70, and the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR
     
  20. FidizzyTypeS

    FidizzyTypeS Gimme Dem Scones!! OT Supporter

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    did you even read my other posts?
     
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    FidizzyTypeS Gimme Dem Scones!! OT Supporter

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    :rofl:
     
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    I have the 18-70 DX and now a 70-200 f/2.8 Sigma HSM MACRO...Pro glass is the way to go...I would love the 18-200 as a walk around for general shots, but nothing beats high quality pro glass, period. You pay to play. No zoom creep on internal focus and internal zoom. :o
     
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    I have the 18-135 kit lens, and while it's good for a walk around lens, i wish it was longer, and if i had the bank at time of purchase i would have gotten the 18-200vr. the 18-135 is a bit slow in low light, and it doesn't get too sharp until about f/9 or f/10... and even then it isn't tack sharp. I'd look to get something faster or bigger.
     
  25. johan

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    in actual use, zoom creep on my 18-200 is pretty minimal. I don't find it a problem.
    It's a good general purpose lens.
     

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